Buffalo Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian made a name for himself this season.
Though he appeared in only 64 games this past season, Bogosian was second among Buffalo Sabres defensemen in terms of offensive production, putting up 24 points, including seven goals and 17 assists.
Defensively, Bogosian was often a top-pairing guy playing big minutes, night in and night out. He averaged 22:20 per night, second-highest among Buffalo Sabres defensemen, and played, on average, 28.2 shifts per game.
In total, he played 1,430 minutes and 15 seconds this season, sixth-most of any Buffalo Sabres player.
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That included over 1200 even-strength minutes, just over 89 shorthanded minutes and roughly 94 minutes on the man advantage. He was used in all situations and was a force to be reckoned with on the blueline for the Buffalo Sabres.
Bogosian also registered 121 shots on goal this season, a respectable number. He registered six power-play points, half of which were goals, and added one short-handed assist.
Looking back at the 85 games since Bogosian joined the Buffalo Sabres, Bogosian averaged 23:24 per games. That gives him the third-highest average ice time ever recorded by a Buffalo Sabres player since the NHL began tracking ice time in the 1997-98 season.
In other statistical markers, Bogosian registered 86 hits this season, 98 blocked shots and had 17 takeaways.
So, how do we grade this Buffalo Sabres defenseman – the first of the team’s blueliners to be graded – for the 2015-2016 season?
Honestly, Bogosian was a huge part of the Buffalo Sabres’ defensive workhorse and arguably one of the team’s top blueliners (potting Rasmus Ristolainen as the other). I’ll give Bogo an A- for this past season and call it a day.
And the best part? The Buffalo Sabres will likely have the 25-year-old Bogosian as part of their defensive core for years to come, as he’s got four years remaining on his contract. He’ll earn $5.25 million in the upcoming 2016-2017 season with a cap hit of $5.143 million.